New SJA Building Partners

St. John & Associates partnered with many wonderful individuals, companies and organizations in planning and constructing our new office. We would like to thank each of them and make special mention of the following members of our team:

The City of Cullman – An effort to develop a comprehensive downtown development plan was already in progress when the storms of April 27, 2011 ripped through much of historic downtown. That effort accelerated afterwards, and under the leadership of our City Council and Mayor, culminated in the adoption of the Downtown Cullman Design Guidelines. These guidelines apply to construction and restoration efforts in the downtown historic district. Our office at 508 1st Ave SE fell into the Downtown Edge district and was covered by the new regulation that we supported during its development. We have designed our office to fully comply with the letter and the spirit of this law. We believe that the implementation of the guidelines will have a positive impact on all downtown property owners as well as the future of the City. New construction and great plans are coming to life downtown, proving the worth of the program. Our city owes the budding success of our renovated downtown to the elected leaders who stood up for these design guidelines.

Richard Carnaggio – We are so fortunate to have worked with the preeminent southern architect Richard Carnaggio of Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds on the architectural and interior design of our new office. His amazing vision brought life to our dream of building a new office from the ground up. The design is a modern interpretation of Cullman’s downtown construction with many details derived from historic and industrial buildings from a century ago. With Richard’s help we strived to bring those details back to life through the efforts of craftsmen employing old school methods and quality workmanship.

Matthew Winther – Macy Building Services’ Matt Winther was our ICF (insulated concrete form) contractor. His work included construction of the walls, floors and roof of the building – all built with reinforced concrete formed in insulating foam panels. This construction method results in an extremely well insulated and strong building. Thanks to this, the building offers a very solid and quiet work atmosphere. Matt performed his work utilizing a majority local workforce.

Richard Electric – Dennis and Barrett Richard worked closely with our team to plan and implement a modern, efficient mechanical and electrical system for the building. The complicated work of planning and installing electrical, data, HVAC, security and lighting systems was seamlessly implemented by the very experienced local firm.

Bark-Ley Plumbing Contractors – Brett and Brady Barker installed the thousands of feet of piping in our new building in their ever impressive and organized way. The plans called for radiant floor heating utilizing flexible PEX tubing covering both floors. Eight loops per floor fed by tankless natural gas fired boilers provide silent, comfortable and efficient heat. This intricate system, along with all the normal plumbing associated with commercial construction, had to be integrated into the concrete construction of the building. The Barker boys were always on schedule providing amazing work.

Don Bates – Mr. Bates, of Bates Roadbuilders, not only performed the earthwork on our site but also removed the remains of our old building and re-graded our lot after it was destroyed in the April storms. Don is an old friend and trusted associate.

Rehau, Inc. – Local industry Rehau, who hired us almost 20 years ago to design their site when they arrived in Cullman, provided us with their industry standard PEX tubing for our radiant floor heating system. We are proud of the local content of our new building and of our team. Rehau supported our rebuilding effort by donating a 1000 foot roll of tubing to the project.

Apel Machine & Supply – Local benchmark industry Apel Steel fabricated and erected the structural steel components of our new building. The old SJA office building that was destroyed by the April storms was a beautiful 1920s craftsman bungalow that was originally built and occupied for many years by the Apel family. We salvaged some of the most interesting windows from that building and used them in the interior of the new office.

Willoughby Roofing – Local roofing experts Willoughby Roofing installed Duro-Last roofing over the insulated concrete deck. They also installed the copper standing seam and other detail work to weatherproof the building for years to come.

Bentley Construction – Chad Bentley and his highly experienced crew tackled the challenge presented by our architect. The intricate historic brick patterns are rare in this day and we are lucky to have worked our way into Bentley’s schedule as he is one of very few masons who can produce this type of work.

Collene Karcher – Collene is an amazing stone carver who practices the nearly lost art of letter carving in stone. She produced our date stones as well as some beautiful sculptural elements carved in Alabama White Marble that will add timeless detail to our building to carry it far into the future while marking our past.

Gunther Huber-Delle – Gunther and Benn from Ornametals created the copper clad doors that set off the exterior of the building. These artisans interpreted Richard’s concept that mirrors stratified rock into a unique set of distinctive doors.

Mallard Construction – Tony Mallard and his crew are well known for their meticulous work and attention to detail. His work includes the interior build-out and finishes. Tony brought every aspect of the project together to achieve the level of finish we were looking for. We couldn’t have hoped for a better contractor for the job.

Scott Edmondson – Scott, of Eagle Eye Excavating, planted the six mature overcup oaks to replace the wonderful hundred year old oaks and pecans that were taken by the storm. He also planted the Japanese Cleyera living fence that lines our lot as well as the sod and seasonal plantings.

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